Coronavirus cases identified on multiple international flights landing in Vancouver

Jul 22 2020, 4:45 pm

A handful of international flights landing at the YVR Vancouver International Airport have been identified as having potential exposure to COVID-19, marking over a dozen infected flights this month.

Four international flights have been discovered by health officials. The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has added a flight from Incheon, South Korea to Vancouver. The identified flight is Korean Air 071 and it took place on July 5. The BCCDC did not identify where exactly the infected passengers sat.

Three flights have also been identified by both the BCCDC and the Government of Canada.

Two infected flights arrived in Vancouver on July 8. One flight was Aeromexico 696 which arrived from Mexico City, during which the infected persons sat between rows 16 and 22; the second flight was Air Canada 0064 from Seoul, where the infected persons sat between rows 26 and 32.

Coronavirus cases were also identified on Aero Mexico AM696, which arrived in Vancouver from Mexico City on July 17. It’s unclear where the infected passengers sat during this flight.

Any passengers who flew on these flights are asked to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days following the flight. There are now a total of 14 international and domestic flights that have arrived in Vancouver and been identified with cases of coronavirus.

International flights

Airline Flight Number Date Origin Destination Affected Seats
Korean Air 071 July 5 Incheon Vancouver Unknown
American Airlines 1270 July 6 Dallas Vancouver Unknown
United Airlines 375 July 7 San Fransisco Vancouver 19 to 25
Aeromexico 696 July 8 Mexico City Vancouver 16 to 22
Air Canada  0064 July 8 Seoul Vancouver 26 to 32
Air Canada 651 July 14 San Francisco Vancouver Unknown
Aeromexico 696 July 17 Mexico City Vancouver Unknown

Domestic flights

Airline Flight Number Date Origin Destination Affected Seats
WestJet 460 July 2 Kelowna Calgary n/a
WestJet 348 July 5 Kelowna Edmonton n/a
WestJet 186 July 5 Vancouver Edmonton n/a
Air Canada 8421 July 6 Kelowna Vancouver n/a
Air Canada 311 July 8 Monreal Vancouver n/a
Air Canada 111 July 13 Toronto Vancouver n/a
Air Canada 8073 July 13 Vancouver Victoria n/a
Air Canada 112 July 13 Vancouver Toronto 27 to 33

As per the federal government, if you think you might have coronavirus, use the self-assessment tool to find out what to do. And always follow the recommendations of your local public health authority.

“We recommend that flight passengers self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days following the flight,” the BC CDC said previously.

Earlier this week, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry warned that British Columbia could be in for explosive growth in new coronavirus cases if residents aren’t careful.

“We do have a possibility of having explosive growth in our outbreak here in BC if we are not careful in how we progress over the summer,” she said. “We’re now on an edge that might go up but is in our hands to control.”

With files from Megan Devlin…

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